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Row over Hawick ward boundaries

A row has broken out in the Scottish Borders over plans to redefine council ward boundaries. Under the proposals, rural areas surrounding Hawick have been included in a new Jedburgh ward.

Local people say it will break long standing ties to areas, including an historic battleground that shapes Hawick's annual Common Riding festival. Jenny Longden reports.

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Border counties rally returns to its routes for this year

Around 100 rally crews have been arriving in the Borders for the second round of the Scottish Rally Championship. The event is usually held in forests on each side of the border, but there's been big changes for this year.

It's also the first rally in the Borders since three people were killed on the Jim Clark Rally last year- so there's been a lot of emphasis on safety, as Lori Carnochan reports:

Pupils learn about the rally

Pupils from Howdenburn Primary Credit: ITV Border News

Pupils at Howdenburn Primary in Jedburgh have been learning all about rally. After a safety demonstration, they were allowed up close and personal with the cars.

Jedburgh Abbey Credit: ITV Border News

Jedburgh Abbey will provide a stunning backdrop for the rally's ceremonial start on Saturday morning.

Rally fever hits Jedburgh

Credit: ITV Border News

Around 100 rally crews are arriving in Jedburgh for the Border Counties rally. The event is the second round of the Scottish Rally Championship and is being held across forests around Tweed Valley for the first time since the late 1990s.

Competitors will rally over 45 stage miles, with the quickest driver crowned the overall winner on Saturday afternoon.

The rally is the first to be held in the Borders since three people were killed in June at the Jim Clark Rally. Organisers are urging spectators to listen to all safety marshals and to only stand in designated spectator areas.

Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong is favourite going into the event, after winning the season opener, the Snowman Rally, last month. However, he'll face tough competition from five-time Scottish champion David Bogie, aswell as Kirtlebridge's Mike Faulkner.

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Police appeal: missing man in Jedburgh

Charles Bird has been missing since yesterday morning Credit: PA

A 68-year-old man has been reported missing in Jedburgh.

Charles Bird was last seen leaving his home in Exchange Street at 11am yesterday and has not been seen or heard from since.

His Mitsubishi L200 car was found in a wooded area on the Denholm to Bedrule road at around 9.30pm last night.

Anyone who can assist police in finding him is asked to come forward as concern is growing for Mr Bird's welfare.

He is described as white, 6ft 2ins tall with a stocky build, grey hair round the sides of his head and bald on top. He was last seen wearing a bluish green beanie hat, a blue body-warmer and a black sweatshirt.

“It is very out of character for Charles to not return home after work or to fail and contact family to let them know where he is.

“As such we are becoming increasingly worried for his safety and would urge anyone who believes they have seen him since Tuesday morning, or who has information as to his current whereabouts to contact police immediately.

“In addition, I would also ask that Charles get in touch with a loved one, friend, or with police to let us know he is alright.”

– Inspector Tony Hodges

Christmas trees get the chop

October's gone and it's time to think Christmas. Already the Christmas trees, which will decorate our city centres, are being cut down and transported.

Many of them come from Kielder in Northumberland, including the one that will be in the centre of Jedburgh in the Borders. Derek Proud went to see how they get the giant trees out of the middle of a dense and boggy forest.

Runners set off in Jedburgh

Runners at the ready in Jedburgh today. Credit: ITV News Border

Around 900 runners are taking part in 10k and half-marathon races in Jedburgh today.

It is part of the town's annual running festival which is now in its 13th year.

The ultra marathon, wheelchair race and dog race took place on Saturday (25th October).

The runners were piped up to the start line in the town centre before they set off.

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